“For those big on machinima, the paranormal and horror, this original roller coaster ride into a demonic hell set against the backdrop of small-town America, will have you leaving the lights on.”
"Cool" - Hideki Kamiya, Director of Resident Evil 2
"This horror web series has some serious potential." - Hellhorror.com
"Plenty of awesome perks available in return for your pledge" - PromoteHorror.com
"This CG Horror series is one of the most intriguing concepts I’ve come across in quite some time." - Horror-Writers.net
Famed Spanish Explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado is heading through what is now modern day Kansas on a mission.
A box containing unknown contents that has been kept sealed under lock and key by the Vatican has been delivered to him to take far from civilization and bury as deep in the Earth as possible, never to be found again.
Arksville lies within the forests of Pennsylvania. It is a large town on the verge of being a city. Since the closure of the local coal mine in 1931, and sighting themselves as a ‘get away from it all’ hamlet, tucked into rural Pennsylvania alongside the Susquehanna River the town has thrived on tourism.
Frank Wepps and his family escape from a horrible dark event in Frank’s police work in Pittsburgh, hoping to start afresh in Arksville, Frank has a new position at the Arksville Police Department.
Frank’s superior – Lieutenant Eidalman, a cynical and jaded cop, once idealistic but now just sick of the bureaucracy, control and corruption of the town council.
Chief Gardner of the Police Department is deep in the council’s pocket and in an effort to keep the image of the town pleasant, his department only reports a fraction of the actual crimes. They even occasionally collude with the local crime family which uses Arksville as a conduit for arms-smuggling.
Mayor Adinberry’s only concern is money, and the grand image of the town.
But something is wrong from the start of Frank’s arrival – the feeling someone is stalking his family. Sure enough a figure that has a strange unearthly feel is seen following his daughter – Patricia, and his wife – Lucy.
Soon bodies begin turning up around the town, locals being dispatched brutally and horrifically, mutilated beyond imagination.
What follows in a private manhunt for someone or something lurking in the alleyways and town fringes of Arksville.
Primary suspects being a cult led by a recluse named Harold Dyer, Frank and Eidalman are unable to obtain any proof, and with influence coming into the town from the local crime family, the police’s hands are busy enough.
Working against the town council, the local crime family and the satanic cult, Frank and Eidalman will have a front-row seat at a showdown between good and evil.
Why am I making The Arksville Homicides?
I have been a story teller ever since I was a child, can’t help it. When I left high-school I took to film making, soon realising that animation gives me a way to make whatever I like without needing crew, lighting and/or equipment. If I can imagine it, I can make it!
I firstly put together a web-series titled ‘Frontier – Prelude to Darkness’ which ran from 2009-2012 and can still be found on bliptv here.
In March 2012, I teamed up with an ex-WETA animator to create a seventeen minute reboot of my web-series, called ‘Frontier - The Rising Shadow' and since then I have been putting together the first CG Horror series ever created, called ‘The Arksville Homicides’ based off a story and independent horror I made back in 2001-2004.
This is the story of good versus evil on a grand scale, starting in a seemingly nondescript American town and in the end possibly engulfing the entire world.
What do I hope to achieve?
A crowd-funded Horror Series that releases quality, riveting and scary as hell episodes every month!
The plan is 1x 10 minute episode every 4 weeks, released on youtube, bliptv, vimeo and other media formats.
There will be twists and turns and deep characters that you care about. An interactive experience for any fan of horror, they can chat with the creators, the voice actors.
In-between mini render-comics, filling in the gap between episodes with side and support stories that complement the main episodes.
How much is needed?
The aim is for $10,000 which will cover costs involved for producing roughly 4 to 6 episodes, depending how tightly we can squeeze it. The money will cover costs of 3D animators and 3D modelers, it will also be used to purchase new animation stations to get the production time moving quicker as the prologue episode took me 11 months to get out due to large rendering times. Money will also go to pay professional voice actors so that the quality of the acting is high, and creates characters that are deep and engaging to viewers, and lastly money will also go to pay for music, both period songs to set the scene and also orchestral music for the soundtrack. Below is a rough pie graph of how much of the money will go to what.
Why I need your help?
I need your support to make this happen, there has never before been a CG horror web-series, so let's change that! Help me make a series that is engaging, thrilling, scary and at the same time leaves you dying to know more!
Without your help, I won't be able to make this show, it took 11 months to make the prologue episode due to the equipment I currently have and it would impractical to make a series where there is that long between episodes. I work part time in the early mornings (to make rent) so that my days are free to work solidly on this project at the moment.
So I'm pretty much begging you for your help. :)
AND there are a huge variety of perks for donating to the cause...
Other ways you can help
Obviously not everyone has spare cash to throw around so if you can't donate, then please please please share this on your facebook or twitter so that the word gets out and around to the community out there that may want to see this show get made! Just doing that will mean the world! And by all means friend me and hit me up on facebook if you have any questions, I'm always happy to chat!
Alternately you can chat to me here at crowdfunding.com to ask questions about the project!